Improv Weekend Sewing

This weekend I did some improv sewing.  Improv is hard for me, I like the control that a plan gives you. In some ways, improv sewing pushes me outside my comfort zone in the best possible way. I tried some things I never would have done if I had a plan. The key for me is telling myself over and over again that it is just fabric!

Blue Improv - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI wanted to work on improv geese – which is my favorite improv technique and also improv curves, which I find intriguing and I love the movement they add. Do you see the wave on the bottom right and the big curve with an inset fussy cut on the upper right? Believe me, those are easier to do than you may think!  I also wanted to do a couple of special fussy cuts, like the little fish that says “swimming” and the river ferry.

My friend Kim, over at Persimon Dreams, is taking over the Scrap Quilt Challenge for 2016 and I am one of the bloggers who will be giving some tutorials and inspiration on how to use those lovely scraps I just know you have hanging out in your stash!

On February 15th I will have a tutorial on scrappy improv geese and how to do that gentle wave at the bottom right. I am excited to share how I do it. I’m certain that my way isn’t the only way, but if you are new to these techniques, I will give you a good idea of how to do it! You can see the rest of the bloggers here.

In the meantime this beautiful blue mini will be quilted with some matchstick quilting for a friend of mine and I just hope she loves it as much as I do!

Happy Sewing!


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5 Responses to Improv Weekend Sewing

  1. Susan says:

    That looks like fun! I really like the geese, and I also like the way you used curvy fabrics to enhance the appearance of curves and movement in the wallhanging. This reminds me of fingerpaint playing – just getting in and making a mess and turning it into something beautiful. =)

  2. Cheryl says:

    Great improv, I really like how you combined the straight lines of the geese elements with the curved piecing.

  3. Your piece is great!! I’m not a fan of improv — I need a pattern. But I have tried it a few times, and I’m not totally opposed to it.

  4. Kathleen Mary says:

    Don’t think I’m am improve person. But I do feel you did a great job.

  5. Juli Remalladoras says:

    Wish i could understand much better your blog to improve faster.
    My english level is not as best as my sew…

    Regards from Spain and Congrats! 😀

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